Tours to the finest gardens and houses in Britain, Europe and South Africa

Tours in 2022

After a disrupted year in 2020, and only UK-based tours in 2021, we are now hard at work planning our tours for 2022. We aim to offer the usual wide range of first-class garden tours throughout Britain.

In addition, we are keen to travel abroad next year, if it’s easy and uncomplicated. We plan to go ahead with our twice postponed tour to Dublin and central Ireland in September. Along with a tour in the spring to Sicily, from Palermo to Syracuse, and a tour in the autumn to central Rome.

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Welcome to Border Lines

Established in 1986, Border Lines is the oldest garden tour company in Britain. We organise tours to the best gardens and, occasionally, interesting houses that are rarely open to the public.

We have single day tours in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as longer tours to Europe and South Africa.

If you are interested in arranging a bespoke tour, please get in touch.


James Bolton set up his garden design business in 1992, following two years as Head Gardener at the Old Rectory, Farnborough.

He was Faculty Director of Design History at the Inchbald School of Design and still lectures extensively on garden history. He has written a number of articles on gardens and a book on garden ornaments, called ‘Garden Mania.’

James became the fourth proprietor of Border Lines in 2008.

Stay with us

Karin and James Bolton run a Bed and Breakfast from their home in the Cotswolds

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